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Continued on Page 16 Continued on Page 18 An interview with Patrick McDonough, Vice President of Business Development, Middlebridge Marketing, Inc. Private 2017: Tell our readers about Mid- dlebridge Marketing, Inc. PM: Middlebridge Marketing is a premier marketing bro- kerage firm headquartered in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Our mission is to foster strategic alliances between our customer and our vendor partners, resulting in insight driven solutions. Private 2017: What makes Middlebridge Marketing differ- ent? PM: Our passion for excellence and bringing results. Our approach is based on personalized integration of resources. Columbia Fruit: Vertically Integrated, Family-Owned Jerry Peterson always dreamed of being able to farm. There happened to be a 90-acre farm for sale in the Woodland Bottoms along the Columbia River. It was Feb- ruary of 1959, and Peterson was 19. In the following years, he was blessed with five children. In 1968, the family was honored to be Dairy Family of the Year. The 1980s were a particularly difficult period for dairy farmers, as oversupply caused low prices, and the govern- ment held several buyouts of dairy farms to prop up the struggling dairy industry. In 1987, out of the dairy business, with acres of rich, fertile soil from years of dairy cattle, the family decided to plant raspberries. They harvested the first crop in 1988. In 1993, they built a small processing plant that used a technique called tray freezing to process the 200 acres of Middlebridge Marketing, Inc. Brings Focus, Experience Continued on Page 18 Continued on Page 18 Bazzini Offers Nuts, Confections Raymundos Food Group: Sound Choices in Snacking Raymundos Food Group offers feel-good products in the re- frigerated snack, dairy, and dessert segments. It innovates with ethnically-inspired, deli- cious and wholesome food products for modern families. The company's collection of products is designed for con- sumers seeking sound choices in snacking. Its products fea- ture authentic flavor profiles that foster a sense of cultural connection, while also serving busy lifestyles with conven- ience. Raymundos Food Group continues to innovate by offering on trend products and flavors that will delight each and every consumer. Latest innovative products include: Aloe Vera Smoothies; Organic Yogurt Dips; unique flavors within the pudding segment, such as Horchata Pudding; unique flavors Continued on Page 18 Bazzini is a nut and confec- tion company with signifi- cant brand equity up and down the East Coast, not the least of which results from its position as the shelled peanut supplier to Yankee Stadium. Its panning, roasting and other specialized process- ing, for brittle and dried fruit, complement each other in terms of sales and distribution. Targeting efficiencies make the Bazzini plant capable of just about anything in chocolate, crunch, and panning. Bazz- ini produces cereal bars, molded chocolates, extruded choco- lates and has several wrapping style capabilities. The company specializes in contract and private label manufac- turing. The brand is nostalgic and stands for quality. The Bazzini Continued on Page 18 Smitty Bee: A Sweet Success Story For more than 95 years, Smitty Bee has been passionate about producing and packaging high quality honey. That passion has helped create one of the most respected honey packaging businesses in the industry. Louis Henkelman, who always had a love for honey, started producing honey from a single colony hobbyist kit from Sears and Roebuck. In those days, honey could only be obtained by raising your own bees. At this time, honey was a novelty item, not mass marketed like it is today. It wasn't until the 1940s, when sugar was ra- tioned to support the war effort, that honey was turned to as an alternative sweetener. The popularity of honey grew, and the industry was born. Throughout the next 30 years, Louis grew his family oriented business into one of the most respected honey Italian Foods Corporation Private Labels Authentic Italian Delicacies Known in the United States for its imported La Piana regional Italian delicacies, Italian Foods Corporation also brings to its customers 40 years of food industry experience and ex- pertise in developing private label products for retailers and producers globally. Product samples may be seen at booth #F4015. "We have been sourcing Italian specialty products through the food distribution business my father founded since the 1960s, and our companies have developed products for cus- tomers ranging from small gourmet shops to some of the largest retailers in the U.S., Europe and Asia," said Francesca Lapiana-Krause, Italian Foods' General Manager. "We can find anything Italian from shelf-stable items to fresh or frozen products, and we are very experienced at new product G OURMET N EWS T H E B U S I N E S S N E W S P A P E R F O R T H E G O U R M E T I N D U S T R Y ® P RIVATE 2017 A Special Supplement of Gourmet News

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